Prince Harry wants a judge to rule in his favour without a trial in Mail on Sunday libel case

The Duke of Sussex is to ask a High Court judge to rule in his favour without a trial in his libel case against the Mail on Sunday, as he aims to echo his wife’s legal success

against the same newspaper. Prince Harry will apply for a strike out or summary judgment at a hearing due to be scheduled in the next two months after both sides failed to

reach a settlement. He sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) over an article published last February that said he had tried to keep "secret" parts of his legal fight with

the Home Office over his security and had attempted to "spin" the dispute in his favour by claiming he had offered to pay for police protection. The piece suggested that

when news of the Duke’s legal battle with the Government was first revealed, his PR team released a statement saying that he had offered to "pay personally for UK police

protection", but that it was refused. The Duke argued that the story suggested he had lied and had "improperly and cynically tried to manipulate and confuse public

opinion".Two-year legal battle It comes after the Duchess of Sussex successfully sued the same newspaper group over the publication of a letter she wrote to her father,

Thomas Markle. In February 2021, after a two-year battle, the High Court granted a summary judgment in her favour, which she claimed as a “comprehensive win” over the

newspaper’s “illegal and dehumanising practices”. The Duke’s lawyers have argued in his case that he made an offer to pay for security for himself and his family whenever

they are in the UK at a meeting at Sandringham in January 2020, at which the late Queen and King Charles were present.